Departments

Economics Department

The key task of the Economics Department is to prepare the Government’s economic policy. We support decision-making by producing reliable, reasoned and independent economic analyses, impact assessments and forecasts on the national economy and general government finances. We communicate about the economic situation and outlook and about economic and fiscal policy. Our forecasts are independent and impartial. We also participate in the preparation of the EU’s economic policy and coordinate matters related to Finland’s credit rating together with the State Treasury. 

Director General of the Economics Department - Mr Mikko Spolander

The Department is divided into following units:

Macro Forecasting – Mr Janne Huovari, Senior Financial Adviser
Fiscal Forecasting – Ms Jenni Pääkkönen, Senior Financial Adviser
Macro Fiscal Policy Analysis – Mr Seppo Orjasniemi , Senior Specialist
Information Services – Mr Harri Kähkönen, Senior Financial Adviser

Budget Department

The Budget Department is responsible for preparing fiscal and structural policy objectives and measures. We prepare the General Government Fiscal Plan and the Budget. We are responsible for statutes concerning national financial administration and financial control of central government finances and for measures to implement those statutes. We are also prepare matters concerning the EU’s budget and financial framework.

Mr Mika Niemelä is Director General of the Budget Department.

The Department is divided into following units and groups external to the units:

Fiscal Policy Unit – Ms Annika Klimenko, Budget Counsellor, Deputy Director General
Fiscal Policy Analysis Unit – Ms Jonna Berghäll, Budget Counsellor
Structural Policy Unit – Ms Ulla Hämäläinen, Senior Financial Adviser
Financial Management and Legal Affairs Unit – Mr Niko Ijäs, Budget Counsellor
EU Unit - Ms Seija Kivinen, Budget Counsellor
Calculation Group – Ms Johanna Orivuori, Controller
Assistant Group – Mr Lauri Taro, Budget Counsellor

Tax Department

The Tax Department is the Government’s expert on tax policy.  We develop the tax system and assess the effects of tax policy. We draft tax legislation and participate in developing the work of the Tax Administration and Customs. We prepare Finland’s tax treaties with other countries and represent Finland in tax and customs preparation in the European Union. 

Ms Terhi Järvikare is Director General of the Tax Department.

The Department is divided into following units:

Personal Taxation Unit – Mr Panu Pykönen, Senior Government Adviser
Business Taxation Unit – Mr Jari Salokoski, Senior Government Adviser
Value Added Taxation Unit – Ms Suvi Anttila, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Customs Unit – Mr Ismo Mäenpää, Senior Government Adviser
Excise Duty Unit – Ms Merja Sandell, Senior Government Adviser
International Tax Affairs Unit – Mr Antero Toivainen, Senior Government Advisor

Financial Markets Department

The Financial Markets Department draws up the rules for financial markets and strengthens the framework in which the markets can operate. The goal is for citizens to be able to trust that the financial markets will operate stably, efficiently and equitably in all circumstances. We are also responsible for ensuring that the Ministry’s national and international activities in financing issues are effective and valued.

Mr Pauli Kariniemi is Director General of the Financial Markets Department.

The Department is divided into following units:

Unit for Capital Markets – Ms Anu Ranta, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Unit for Banking and Market Infrastructure – Mr Jaakko Weuro, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs
Unit for Financial Policy – Mr Sakari Lehtiö, Senior Financial Adviser
Unit for Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – Ms Jaana Vehmaskoski, Senior Financial Adviser

Public Governance Department

The Public Governance Department is responsible for the development of public governance, future governance policy and for regenerative leadership . We develop systems and structures for public governance and promote the adoption of shared practices in central government. We promote the efficient use of public funds in relation to public procurement and central government real estate assets. We promote the competitiveness of central government as an employer and support government agencies in management and personnel development. We also seek to ensure that government agencies and personnel are able to succeed within the framework of new legislation and agreements.

Mr Juha Sarkio is Director-General of the Public Governance Department.

The Public Governance Department has four units:

Governance Policy Unit – Ms Katju Holkeri, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Financial Affairs
Human Resources Policy Unit – Mr Juha Madetoja, Head of Unit
Corporate Services Policy Unit – Mr Tero Meltti, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Financial Affairs
Administration Policy Unit – Mr Janne Öberg, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Financial Affairs

The Office for the Government as Employer

The Office for the Government as Employer operates in conjunction with the Public Governance Department and is responsible for the central government’s employer policy and supports government agencies in their role as employers. It acts as the employer representative on behalf of central government in centralised collective agreement negotiations and prepares matters concerning protection of the interests of the government as an employer in incomes policy, labour policy and policy decisions regarding working life.

The Office for the Government as Employer is headed by Chief of Negotiations Ms Sari Ojanen.

Department for Local Government and Regional Administration

The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration is responsible for drafting legislation related to the governance, personnel, finances and financing of municipalities and wellbeing services counties. We are responsible for developing municipal self-government and for matters related to the municipal structure. We also play a key role in the guidance of wellbeing services counties.  

The Department for Local Government and Regional Administration is headed by Mr Jani Pitkäniemi, Director-General.

The Department consists of three units:

Administration, Structure and Finance Unit – Ms Minna-Marja Jokinen, Senior Ministerial Adviser
Unit for municipal policy, practices and implementation – Ms Anne-Marie Välikangas, Senior Financial Adviser 
Funding, Assessment and Information Unit – Ms Marja Paavonen, Senior Financial Adviser

Administrative Governance and Development

Administrative Governance and Development is responsible for the Ministry’s internal services. We handle general and economic administration, human resources management and development, communications, and information management. We are also responsible for the development and coordination of the performance guidance of agencies in our branch of government and for the state ownership steering of businesses in the Ministry’s field of activity. 

Ms Anu Nousiainen is Director of Administrative Governance and Development.

The Department is divided into following units:

HR Administration – Ms Selena Savo, HR Manager
Financial Administration – Mr Jan Holmberg, Financial Manager
Information Unit – Mr Vesa Lipponen, Information Director
Media and Communications – Ms Johanna Vesikallio, Director of Communications
General Administration – Mr Karri Safo, Senior Government Adviser 

Public Sector ICT

The Public Sector ICT Department guides public sector information management, structural development, joint services and service provision. We provide guidance on the general criteria for e-services and information security, and prepare information and governance policies and related legislation. We are also responsible for the performance guidance of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency and the Government ICT Centre Valtori. 

The Government CIO of this operational unit is Mr Jarkko Levasma.

The Department is divided into following units:

Information Policy – Ms Maarit Huotari, Senior Adviser for Legislative Affairs, Director of the Unit
Digitalisation – Ms Katja Väänänen, Senior Specialist for Information Management, Director of the Unit
Cyber Security and Infrastructure – Mr Tomi Hytönen, Budget Counsellor , Director of the Unit

The Government Financial Controller's Function

The Government Financial Controller’s Function develops and ensures the quality of the systems used to control and report on central government finances and operations. We handle the guidance, coordination and development of internal control and the related risk management. With respect to the EU’s financial management, we coordinate fraud prevention work and handle national audit authority tasks relating to several EU-funded programmes. 

The head of the Government Financial Controller's Function is Ms Jaana Kuusisto, Government Controller-General. The Audit Authority Unit is headed by Mr Kari Rouvinen, Audit Counsellor.

Secretariat for EU Affairs

The Secretariat for EU Affairs prepares matters concerning meetings of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee, Eurogroup, Economic and Financial Committee, and Ministerial Committee on European Union Affairs. We are also responsible for preparing the coordination of EU economic policy, for the coordination and reporting of Finland’s Recovery and Resilience Plan and for drafting payment applications. We also assist the Ministry's leadership and departments in EU and international affairs, in the coordination of preparatory work and in communications outside the Ministry. 

The head of the Secretariat is Financial Counsellor Ms Marketta Henriksson.

International Financial Affairs Unit

The International Financial Affairs Unit is responsible for preparatory work in matters related to international financial institutions, other international organisations, the stability of the euro area and financial aid programmes. We prepare Finland’s positions and statements of its national views. 

The head of the unit is Financial Counsellor Ms Kristina Sarjo.